Covid-19 Financial and Job Resources

Listed below are a series of Covid-19 related Financial and Job Resources for businesses, employees, job seekers, and families.  The list will be updated regularly as new resources or information is available.  

RURAL RELIEF SMALL BUSINESS GRANT - grants of $5,000 - $20,000 for small businesses in cities of less than 50,0000 population.  Next grant application periods are Dec 29 - Jan 5 and Jan 26 - Feb 2.  

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) is a partnership between the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and Office of Court Administration to help tenants who can’t keep up with rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction to keep their current living situation. If both the landlord and tenant agree to participate in the program, the TEDP can provide up to five months of past-due rent payments, and for up to six months of future rent payments.


The entities administering the program published this TEDP informational brochure, which must be included with all notices that a tenant has been sued for eviction (where the program is currently effective).


 The TEDP is scheduled to become effective in all counties on November 9.


Interested city officials can access more detailed TEDP information on the Texas Courts website and the TDHCA website.

Waco Foundation: Critical Needs Grant

Critical Needs Small Grants offer support to smaller organizations that have temporarily put more than 80% of their operations on hold or cannot act due to the nature of COVID-19 and engagement restrictions. Critical Needs Medium Sized Grants provide funds to address general operating and capacity building support needs, including some IT products that may be needed for remote work.

Application Deadline: none

FEMA: Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental program provides funding to fire departments for critical Personal Protective Equipment and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Approximately 500 awards totaling $31 million will be made. Eligible applicants include volunteer and combination fire departments - APPLICATION DEADLINE, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 5 PM.

 Lorena Business Rent and Utility Subsidy Grant Application (Emergency relief for covid-19 related business hardship)

 Main Street New Loan Facility - loan program authorized by Federal Reserve Act

PPP - For application to the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan you are encouraged to apply through your local bank where you have existing accounts/relationships.  If not, you are encouraged to contact Tim Holtkamp of the Small Business Development Center at McLennan Community College for assistance in application.  Contact info: Tim Holtkamp, 254-299-8157 ,e-mail: .  Be sure to complete your Schedule C as it is required for application.  

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act - official government guide to PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM, ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN, SMALL BUSINESS DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM, Small Business Counseling, Small Business Contracting, and Small Business Tax Provisions 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM - forgivable loan program for Small Businesses 


State of Texas TDA Covid-19 Resource Guide: Federal, State, and Private assistance for Businesses, Families , and Communities (updated regularly)

Lorena Chamber of Commerce

Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce 

Unemployment Resources: Texas Workforce Commission

Job Opportunities: Texas Workforce Commission 

Job Opportunities: (Search engine for thousands of jobs in Texas)

Job Opportunities: (NEW) search Work From Home "Remote" job opportunities at: 

Retailers Hiring (Waco Area): 

Job Opportunities: Tractor Supply Company

Job Opportunities - 7Eleven

Job Opportunities: Amazon

Job Opportunities: CVSHealth

Job Opportunities: Dollar General

Job Opportunities: Dollar Tree

Job Opportunities: Family Dollar

Job Opportunities: Target

Job Opportunities: Walgreens

Job Opportunities: Walmart

Grocery Stores hiring (Waco Area): 

Job Opportunities: Brookshire Brothers

Job Opportunities: H-E-B 

Job Opportunities: Sam’s Club

Delivery services hiring (Waco Area): 

Job Opportunities: Domino’s

Job Opportunities: Papa John’s

Job Opportunities: Postmates

Job Opportunities: Uber Eats

Job Opportunities: DoorDash

Job Opportunities: Favor

Job Opportunities: GrubHub

Health Services Hiring (Waco Area):

Job Opportunities: Baylor Scott & White

Job Opportunities: Veteran’s Health Administration (VA Hospitals, etc.)

Job Opportunities: BrightSpring Health Services 

Job Opportunities: Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation

Other Companies hiring (Waco Area):

Job Opportunities: SpaceX (McGregor)

Job Opportunities: Keurig/Dr. Pepper

(NEW) State and Local Governments hiring: 

Job Opportunities: Texas Water Development Board